I'd like to share with you a few special things that brighten my Sicilian world these days.
Juna photo credit: shop therapy
My favorite boutique: Juna
I stumbled across this little shop in Catania's city center some years back and it quickly became my favorite place to purchase clothes, accessories and girly gifts. Really, it is one of the only places I shop at in Catania. There are very few shops that inspire here, but this one really does. The owner is a fashion designer and hand sews her own clothes which she sells in the shop, along with those of other Italian based clothing, accessory and jewelry designers. She also carries an inexpensive line from Spain (Kling) which I love when looking to add some funkiness in my life. This place is full of pretty things and it brings me great joy every time I make a visit. There are so few boutiques of this sort in Catania, and according to the owner there still is not much appreciation for boutiques of this sort here. As a result, the prices even for the handmade clothing is astonishingly affordable given the quality and uniqueness of the pieces. I really hope things pick up for Juna - I don't know what I'd do without it!!!!
You can read more about the talented owner, Paola, and her eye for fashion here.
My favorite radion station: Radio Zammu'
This is the University of Catania's radio station. This was another accidental discovery when flipping through stations in the car one day and suddenly hitting upon something that wasn't Italian love songs, religious preachings, or Euro trash pop, but rather something in the range of 'alternative'. There are different student dj's throughout the day, usually some really good music playing, and sometimes informative interviews with people, authors, artists, musicians, professors, etc. involved in events organized at the University or in Catania. I like listening to this station - it makes me feel part of a community and up to date on the latest happenings here. I'm also impressed with how well-organized the station is --something I hear is not usually the case at the university -- and that with its youthful vibe seems to be sincerely making an effort to be the voice of the university's students.
My favorite source of seasonal veggies: BioGold
I've mentioned this before, but I am in love with my crate of weekly veggies and eggs that arrive farm fresh at my door. A friend of mine shared this discovery with me, and since my first order I haven't looked back. I love the convenience and the price tag, too. The guy who organizes the deliveries is very sweet - he always asks for the crates and egg cartons back and will even pick up your organic waste for composting if you don't compost yourself.